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3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 5:36PM #1
laurenfrances
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Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial To Begin Next Week

The House will transmit the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced.




The House will transmit the article of impeachment against former President Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday, triggering the start of his second impeachment trial, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced Friday.




“There will be a trial and when that trial ends, senators will have to decide whether Donald John Trump incited the insurrection against the United States,” Schumer said in a floor speech, referring to the violent mob that ransacked the Capitol earlier this month.




Per the Constitution, the Senate is required to begin the impeachment trial at 1 p.m. the day after the article is transmitted from the House (unless there is unanimous agreement to set a different schedule). That means the chamber could begin the formal process of receiving the House impeachment managers and reading the impeachment article on Tuesday. The actual arguments are likely to follow.




Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had proposed a later start date to the trial in order to allow Trump more time to organize his defense. The Kentucky Republican, who has left the door open to voting to convict Trump, said on Friday that the former president is owed a “full and fair process,” adding that he deserves “due process” after a quick impeachment vote in House.



Democrats view the case against Trump as more open-and-shut. They say his words before and during a rally in Washington on Jan. 6 incited a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in hopes of stopping the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.




“It makes no sense whatsoever that a president, or any official, could commit a heinous crime against our country and then be permitted to resign so as to avoid accountability,” Schumer said Friday.




The trial could delay consideration of legislative business, such as additional coronavirus relief and confirmations of Biden’s Cabinet officials. But Democrats are hopeful the Senate will be able to multitask and push through Biden’s agenda while also running the impeachment proceedings ― a schedule that would require consent from all 100 senators.



“Absent some agreement, we won’t be doing any confirmations, we won’t be doing any COVID-19 relief, we won’t be doing anything else other than impeaching the person who’s not even president,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told reporters on Friday.




The bar for conviction in the Senate is extremely high: two-thirds of the chamber. Many Republicans have already come out against voting to convict Trump on procedural grounds, arguing that doing so is unconstitutional because the trial will occur after Trump has left office. However, there is some precedent for Congress impeaching officials even after they have stepped down. 






3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 5:48PM #2
SSBob
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Jan 22, 2021 -- 5:36PM, laurenfrances wrote:


I believe the trial to begin  1/26

Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial To Begin Next Week




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Dems should agree to a 2 week delay before starting the trial. That would remove any excuses Reps would have re approving Biden's nominations and dealing with the proposed stimulus package. Get them on record.


As for the trial...not only would it give Trump time to formulate his defense, it'd also give Dems more time to gather evidence. More damaging evidence may come to light during the delay.


There's virtually no chance Trump sycophants will vote to convict, but it'll force them to vote to excuse/condone the incitement to assault the Capitol.

3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 5:57PM #3
laurenfrances
Posts: 40,406

Jan 22, 2021 -- 5:48PM, SSBob wrote:


Jan 22, 2021 -- 5:36PM, laurenfrances wrote:


I believe the trial to begin  1/26

Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial To Begin Next Week




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dems should agree to a 2 week delay before starting the trial. That would remove any excuses Reps would have re approving Biden's nominations and dealing with the proposed stimulus package. Get them on record.


As for the trial...not only would it give Trump time to formulate his defense, it'd also give Dems more time to gather evidence. More damaging evidence may come to light during the delay.


There's virtually no chance Trump sycophants will vote to convict, but it'll force them to vote to excuse/condone the incitement to assault the Capitol.




I have doubts if DEMs will be successful in winning this trial.  Good to get on record a list of senators supporting insurrection of our democracy. Aiming to shut down constitutional process.

3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 6:02PM #4
laurenfrances
Posts: 40,406

www.cnn.com/2021/01/22/politics/mcconnel...


McConnell privately says he wants Trump gone as Republicans quietly lobby him to convict



As the House prepares to send articles of impeachment to the Senate on Monday, CNN has learned that dozens of influential Republicans around Washington -- including former top Trump administration officials -- have been quietly lobbying GOP members of Congress to impeach and convict Donald Trump. The effort is not coordinated but reflects a wider battle inside the GOP between those loyal to Trump and those who want to sever ties and ensure he can never run for President again.



The lobbying started in the House after the January 6 attack on the Capitol and in the days leading up to impeachment. But it's now more focused on Sen. Mitch McConnell, the powerful minority leader who has signaled he may support convicting Trump.

"Mitch said to me he wants Trump gone," one Republican member of Congress told CNN. "It is in his political interest to have him gone. It is in the GOP interest to have him gone. The question is, do we get there?"

McConnell had proposed delaying the trial until February, but with the articles coming to the Senate on Monday, the process will likely be set in motion sooner. It would take 17 Republicans to join all 50 Democrats in order to convict. While the bar is high, some GOP sources think there is more of an appetite to punish the former President than is publicly apparent.















3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 6:03PM #5
SSBob
Posts: 7,237

Jan 22, 2021 -- 5:57PM, laurenfrances wrote:


Jan 22, 2021 -- 5:48PM, SSBob wrote:


Jan 22, 2021 -- 5:36PM, laurenfrances wrote:


I believe the trial to begin  1/26

Trump’s Second Impeachment Trial To Begin Next Week




~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Dems should agree to a 2 week delay before starting the trial. That would remove any excuses Reps would have re approving Biden's nominations and dealing with the proposed stimulus package. Get them on record.


As for the trial...not only would it give Trump time to formulate his defense, it'd also give Dems more time to gather evidence. More damaging evidence may come to light during the delay.


There's virtually no chance Trump sycophants will vote to convict, but it'll force them to vote to excuse/condone the incitement to assault the Capitol.



I have doubts if DEMs will be successful in winning this trial.  Good to get on record a list of senators supporting insurrection of our democracy. Aiming to shut down constitutional process.




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Republicans haven't grown any additional spines recently...it ain't gonna happen.

3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 6:06PM #6
SSBob
Posts: 7,237

Jan 22, 2021 -- 6:02PM, laurenfrances wrote:


McConnell privately says he wants Trump gone as Republicans quietly lobby him to convict





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There's an upside for Trump to remain a disruptive force in the Republican Party.

3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 6:07PM #7
SSBob
Posts: 7,237

Schumer announces Feb. 8 start date for trial.


Check...

3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 6:19PM #8
laurenfrances
Posts: 40,406

Jan 22, 2021 -- 6:07PM, SSBob wrote:


Schumer announces Feb. 8 start date for trial.


Check...




About a week earlier than McConnell suggested

3 months ago  ::  Jan 22, 2021 - 6:21PM #9
SSBob
Posts: 7,237

Jan 22, 2021 -- 6:19PM, laurenfrances wrote:


Jan 22, 2021 -- 6:07PM, SSBob wrote:


Schumer announces Feb. 8 start date for trial.


Check...




About a week earlier than McConnell suggested




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It's 2 weeks...

3 months ago  ::  Jan 24, 2021 - 2:42PM #10
laurenfrances
Posts: 40,406

The speculation of a 2nd impeachment left many to question the need when Trump is out of office.  As some are lead to believe impeachment is not the path toward unity that Biden needed.


If we are stressing the need to unify our country, it is important to recognize the need for accountability in searching for truth and justice. Lets put it out there. Does the facts prove Trump committed an act of incitement of insurrection. Ignoring it won't make it go away. The public needs accountability to move toward unity.

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